The software that comes with the mini 2 is the same as you get with the HD2 1TB except that due to the lack of interior storage, the top three options “movies, music and photo” only become active once you plug in a portable drive of some kind. At this point it is scanned, and the media files are added to their respective sections, as well as the recently added ones below.
Other than that, the system behaves the same as the 1TB HD2.
However, one feature I havn’t covered in my previous reviews (though it was present in all AC Ryan products, my apologies) is the Jukebox function. This allows for a quick indexing of all your movies, with names, thumbnails and data automatically added by the system. It requires a bit of setting up (needs to be done on your PC) and some time to index everything, but once it’s done the results are pretty cool.
Now while with the mini 2 you need to be connected to the local network via wireless or wired connection to access this, the results are excellent. Here you have the YAMJ (Yet Another Media Jukebox) which indexes all your movies, categorises and provides easy searching opportunities.
Now, scrolling through all these movies isn’t the quickest way of doing things. Indeed the HD2 on a whole isn’t the quickest line of devices out there. However, I’ve been told that a new firmware is being released this week that speeds things up a lot. I’ll report back when it’s out.
Unfortunately the Jukebox isn’t perfect. Sometimes it mistakes what a movie is, since it only has the file name and a few details to go on to help decipher what’s what. Here apparently it though that Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest romp was infact “The Dress Code” about a young boy called Bruno.
It also thought Terminator 2: Judgement day was the 80s B movie, Exterminator 2. Not so I’m afraid.
One notable missing feature is the Torrent option. No point in downloading a torrent when it has nowhere to be stored.